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Dew Gunasekera

Prabhakaran's annual speech (tomorrow) will be delivered from a deeper hole in the ground

Prabakaran lighting oil lamp Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the internationally banned LTTE, celebrates his 53rd birthday today. This aging leader's birthday will be celebrated in Vanni and by his loyalists in the Tamil diaspora abroad. According to reports, yesterday he lit the oil lamp in an undisclosed destination in Vanni to mark the commencement of the three day official 'Heroes Day Celebrations'. Prabakaran yesterday paid his respects to Lt. Sankar who died on 27 November 1982. Tiger communique released yesterday said that 19,887 Tamil youths died have died in the battle for a separate state waged by Prabhakaran.

Sri Lanka Offers to Host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011

The Commonwealth Heads of Government at their meeting which concluded yesterday noted the offer of President Mahinda Rajapakse to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2011. Sri Lanka's offer was a demonstration of the Government's commitment to the Commonwealth. Also Sri Lanka was keen to bring CHOGM back to the Asian region, considering the last meeting held in Asia was in Malaysia in 1989. Making the offer President Rajapakse pointed out that Sri Lanka possesses the necessary infrastructure to host CHOGM and recalled the series of successful international conferences held
in the country recently.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from exile Sunday to a rousing welcome from thousands of supporters. He arrived from Saudi Arabia, where has spent most of his eight years in exile. It is his second attempt in the past three months to end his exile. The last time, in September, he was deported within hours of his arrival. The arrival of one of Musharraf's harshest critics was a fresh challenge for the president, who has faced intense domestic and international condemnation since he declared a state of emergency on Nov. 3, locking up thousands of opponents, purging the Supreme Court and muzzling the media.

Sri Lankan President Due in Tehran Today

President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse will arrive in Tehran on Monday heading a high-ranking political-economic delegation, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Sunday. Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, Hosseini said that during his two-day visit to Iran, President Rajapakse is to discuss key bilateral issues with senior Iranian officials. During the two-day visit, Rajapakse is scheduled to attend meetings with senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to discuss bilateral ties and exchange views about other issues of mutual interest, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said during his weekly press briefing here on Sunday.

Taslima Nasreen: The Daughter of Eternal Bangladesh on the run in India- But Why?

Taslima NasreenIn the last week in Kolkata, rattled by the violent protests against Taslima Nasreen, the state government and ruling CPI(M) have decided to wash their hands off the controversial Bangladeshi writer, even as sources said that she quietly left for Jaipur on Thursday 22 November2007.The CPI(M) state secretary, Biman Bose, on Wednesday night had clearly said that if Ms Nasreen’s presence in the city had caused breach of peace, then she should leave. It is another matter that he later claimed that he did not mean what he said. "I had said that issuance or rejection of visas was the Centre’s prerogative and the state government has no role to play," a statement, which Mr Bose issued on Thursday, pointed out. But he also added that the state had urged the Centre to "take an appropriate decision on this matter".

Commonwealth heads accepted Sri Lanka's call for a ministerial meeting to address the new challenges on terrorism

Mahinda Rajapaksa with Mrs.Helen Clark Sri Lanka's call for a Minsterial Meeting to address the new challenges and for close cooperation between member states on terrorism was received enthusiastically. In this context the Commonwealth welcomed Sri Lanka's proposal to host a Commonwealth Ministerial Meeting on Terrorism in Colombo next year. In the context of terrorism Sri Lanka also raised the issue of the illicit production and the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons and called on member countries to seek pro active ways to curb these activities.

Dharampal and 'The Beautiful Tree'

By Prof. P. Radhakrishnan

Dharampal believed in the Ramrajya myth of pre-British Indian society as a land of milk and honey. His passion for this was kindled by Gandhi’s political panegyric. In his Chatham House speech in 1931 Gandhi decried the decay of indigenous Indian education: `The British administrators, when they came to India, instead of taking hold of things as they were, began to root them out. They scratched the soil and began to look at the root, and left the root like that, and the beautiful tree perished.’ I have shown in my works that the institution of indigenous Indian education evolved and worked on the principle of social closure as revealed by, among other things, its discriminatory dimensions, and that Gandhi’s metaphor of a beautiful tree to describe it and the subsequent efforts to vindicate it were seriously misplaced.

Minister's attention drawn on Tamil rights violations

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune -

Dew GunasekeraThe private sector commanding 80 percent of the GDP and 35 percent of the investments is a force to be reckoned with and they should be more forceful in their representations in the peace process, said Dew Gunasekera General Secretary, Sri Lanka Communist Party and Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration. He was speaking on ‘Maintaining the Balance of Peace Building and Economic Growth: the SLCP Standpoint’ at the 12th Business for Peace Forum of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka held at JAIC Hilton Hotel.

Swiss media highlighted mismanagement of the state run development institutions during the tsunami period in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Mr.Max Seelhofer, who served as Chief Delegate of the Swiss Red Cross in Sri Lanka between 2005 says between December 2006 and April 2007, some important Swiss media reported about the mismanagement of the state run Swiss Development Agency (SDC), the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) and the Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS) and in particular four rather long articles in the Zurich based weekly publication "Weltwoche" (World Week) in July and August 2007 have provoked significant response from many sides.

Taslima exposes Left-BJP unity

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It becomes hard to defend Indian secularism if it has reached a stage where it treats a (temporary) resident writer of Kolkata, Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen, as an unwanted child. It is bad enough that some of her views, even if controversial and couched inelegantly, incite extreme reaction in a section in one community. The government only harms it image when it will not grant her Indian citizenship or long-term visa because it may annoy Dhaka and it fears a likely upset in the electoral calculation.

Share market still volatile

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market remained dull this week with the indices taking a downward slope. On Thursday however the indices took an upward swing resulting in a 21-point gain in ASPI. Overall during the week the All Share Price Index (ASPI) came down by a significant 40.9 points or 1.56 percent to 2584.8 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) lost a notable 99 points or 2.82 percent to close the week at 3407.7 points. Topping this week in terms of market turnover & volume was the high cap telecom counter Dialog, managing to generate a turnover of Rs.641 million by trading almost 29 million shares. 99 percent of Dialog turnover came on Thursday due to a strategic deal that took place. Even so the share price on a WoW basis dipped 4.44 percent to end at Rs.21.5 per share.

Taslima Nasreen

Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Tehran

President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Tehran Monday leading a high-ranking political- economic delegation. The Lankan President was welcomed at Mehrabad International Airport by Commerce Minister Massoud Mir-Kazemi. An official welcoming ceremony is expected and would be held for President Rajapakse by his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad within coming hours. During his stay in Tehran, Mahinda Rajapakse will discuss key bilateral, regional and international issues with senior Iranian officials.